Farewell from Simon Shepherd
Our final week of term has come about very quickly and in a few days kids will be at home, both near and far, for the holidays. I hope that you have a fantastic break together and when Term 4 starts it will be with Mr Proudlove as Acting Principal and Mr Thompson a few short weeks away from arriving. Term 4 will go very quickly. It is a short, action packed term and the culmination of the year.
As we prepare to leave I remember an adage that my Dad drilled into my psyche as a young boy when camping with him. It was always “leave the area tidier than you found it”. As I reflect on nearly three and half years at SCOTS PGC I hope this adage can be applied to our stay here.
We as a College and community have gone through significant change over the last three years including the introduction of a learning management system, development of pastoral profiling of students, internalising catering to improve food quality, introduction of outdoor education from Years 3-12, formation of QCIS, improving our academic results, improvement of teaching and learning through pedagogy coaching and the introduction of a cross school uniform for all students, to name a few. Of course most recently we have improved the affordability of the College to make sure that it is accessible to those who want to attend. All of these changes, along with a myriad of others, were introduced to ensure that the children who are at the centre of our College have the best opportunity the College can provide them.
SCOTS PGC is a unique College. We have been able to achieve so much in the last few years because of this. The agility of the College is second to none; our staff are professional and dedicated and we are responsive. It has been a great pleasure to serve this community and get to know so many of the students and their families. The decision to leave SCOTS PGC to take up the Principalship of Westminster was not an easy one as SCOTS PGC is such a unique and special place, however, as an educator who consistently pushes our children to grasp opportunities, challenge themselves and aim higher, and a leader who leads by example, I would be a poor example not to grasp the opportunity that Westminster provides.
I hope that the rest of the year goes well for the College, particularly the Year 12s, and I look forward to reading and hearing about the ongoing success of SCOTS PGC.